Artists iLike…

Well, well, well… I noticed the Avett Brothers have passed U2 on my most played artists, from my iLike page. That is pretty amazing considering my friend A. only introduced me to them in August of last year, and that I only have 2 albums and one EP. They still have a ways to go to catch Switchfoot. (This is about 4 years worth of play count stats…)

I’m looking forward to their new EP due out in July. Here is a “sneak peak” of a song from that EP that you can listen to here. (Sorry, can’t embed it. :-/)

And here is a video from youtube of “die die die”:

And finally, this is their bio from their web page:

“It costs nothing to be honest, loyal and true.”

If you put your ear to the street, you can hear the rumble of the world in motion; people going to and from work, to school, to the grocery store. You may even hear the whisper of their living rooms, their conversation, their complaints, and if you’re lucky, their laughter. If you’re almost anywhere in America , you’ll hear something different, something special, something you recognize but haven’t heard in a long time. It is the sound of a real celebration.

It is not New Year’s, and it is not a political convention. It is neither a prime time game-show, nor a music video countdown, bloated with fame and sponsorship. What you are hearing is the love for a music. It is the unbridled outcry of support for a song that sings to the heart, that dances with the soul. The jubilation is in the theaters, the bars, the music clubs, the festivals. The love is for a band.

The songs are honest: just chords with real voices singing real melodies. But, the heart and the energy with which they are sung, is really why people are talking, and why so many sing along.

They are a reality in a world of entertainment built with smoke and mirrors, and when they play, the common man can break the mirrors and blow the smoke away, so that all that’s left behind is the unwavering beauty of the songs. That’s the commotion, that’s the celebration, and wherever The Avett Brothers are tonight, that’s what you’ll find.

Highly recommended!

The sun, whose rays are all ablaze

I watched the movie “Brick” the other night, a film of the film-noir genre. I liked the movie, but there was one part where the lead female reads part of a poem while playing the piano. It stuck with me, so I searched around and found it is actually a snippet from an old opera called The Mikado.

Here is the whole poem/aria:
The sun, whose rays are all ablaze

Yum-yum’s aria from The Mikado

The sun, whose rays are all ablaze with ever-living glory,
does not deny his majesty–he scorns to tell a story!
He don’t exclaim, “I blush for shame, so kindly be indulgent”;
but fierce and bold, in fiery gold, he glories all effulgent.

I mean to rule the earth, as he the sky–
We really know our worth, the sun and I!

Observe his flame, that placid dame, the moon’s celestial highness;
There’s not a trace upon her face of diffidence or shyness:
She borrows light, that, through the night, mankind may all acclaim her!
And, truth to tell, she lights up well; So I, for one, don’t blame her.

Ah, pray make no mistake, we are not shy;
We’re very wide awake, the moon and I!

I may just have to buy the music from iTunes here.

Casting Crowns – While you Were Sleeping

Casting Crowns is a great band. I love their two albums. I had listened to their second album, LifeSong, many times. Or maybe I should say I “heard” it many times. And then one day while driving home late at night, I really listened to this song. It really hits me for some reason.

Here’s an iTunes Music Store (iTMS) link.

CASTING CROWNS LYRICS

“While You Were Sleeping”

Oh little town of Bethlehem
Looks like another silent night
Above your deep and dreamless sleep
A giant star lights up the sky
And while you’re lying in the dark
There shines an everlasting light
For the King has left His throne
And is sleeping in a manger tonight

Oh Bethlehem, what you have missed while you were sleeping
For God became a man
And stepped into your world today
Oh Bethlehem, you will go down in history
As a city with no room for its King
While you were sleeping
While you were sleeping

Oh little town of Jerusalem
Looks like another silent night
The Father gave His only Son
The Way, the Truth, the Life had came
But there was no room for Him in the world He came to save

Jerusalem, what you have missed while you were sleeping
The Savior of the world is dying on your cross today
Jerusalem, you will go down in history
As a city with no room for its King
While you were sleeping
While you were sleeping

United States of America
Looks like another silent night
As we’re sung to sleep by philosophies
That save the trees and kill the children
And while we’re lying in the dark
There’s a shout heard ‘cross the eastern sky
For the Bridegroom has returned
And has carried His bride away in the night

America, what will we miss while we are sleeping
Will Jesus come again
And leave us slumbering where we lay
America, will we go down in history
As a nation with no room for its King
Will we be sleeping
Will we be sleeping

Angel lyrics (Pearl Jam)

[Ok, this goes with the last one. Eddie Vedder wrote the following lyrics after reading the previous poem… More to come in my next entry.]

Pearl Jam – Angel Lyrics

Like an angel fly over your house
Like an angel pass out wishes
Like an angel I will move the arrow
Like an angel I live alone
I’m not livin’ what was promised
I am close but can’t enjoy

Oh I’m not dyin’
Oh I’m so tortured ’cause I see all
Tortured and all I cannot do
Tortured all I should have done
Tortured while I occupied a man

I’m not livin’ what was promised
I am far from glorified

Oh I’m not dyin’
Oh I’m not alone

Mind is not a celestial state with idle hymns of praise
Time is short I have an appointment at noon at noon in Hell
Across the waste of space and fields of air I glide alone at night
Oh please please think of me ’cause I’m I’m by your side
I’m by your side I’m by your side oh
I’m I’m right in front of you I’m by your side